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Large doses of sunshine, twelve national holidays and delicious tapas are just a few of the reasons to move to Spain.

Spain ranks NUMBER ONE in the world for quality of life in general, with an impressive 91% of foreigners satisfied with their leisure activities. But although Spain can boast of safety, health system and making travelers feel at home, the same cannot be said of employment opportunities and the economy.

 

So whether you move to Spain because of its climate or because of a change in your career, being prepared is the key. There, the "Missing One" law is applied every time you have to do bureaucratic procedures. No matter how many documents and photocopies you bring to the offices, one will always be missing.

 

You will have to take a couple of things into account before you leave for Spain.

 

1) Get the NIE number - here is a complete guide of how to get it 

 

2) Open a bank account

Now that you have the NIE, you can open a Spanish bank account. Spanish bank accounts are available to both residents and non-residents in Spain. Make sure you check the requirements for opening a bank account in Spain and Here is a list of the best banks for foreigners.

 

3) Make sure you have a work permit in Spain

Citizens of the EU and the member states of the European Economic Area and Switzerland can work in Spain without the need for a work permit. If you are from outside of the EU, from Latin America or from the US, you will need a residence visa and a valid Spanish work permit. If you plan to work as a freelancer in Spain, you can apply for a work permit at the Spanish consulate or embassy in your country. Check out details of digital nomads visa and general details of the immigration to Spain.

 

4) Search for accommodation. Expatriates warn that it is quite difficult to find accommodation in Spain before arriving, so consider staying in an Airbnb or a hotel while looking there in person.

There are no restrictions on foreigners having properties in Spain, so if you plan to buy, take a look at Kyero or Right Move.

Idealista, with an updated interface and specific search options, is one of the best websites to find an apartment or room for rent. Websites such as Shared Apartment and EasyPiso offer options for those looking for accommodation.

 

5) Looking for a job. With one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, one in five people is out of work, so finding employment in Spain can be a challenge. But the economy is improving, and there are many resources to find opportunities.

You can also sign up on some websites that help you look for a job such as infoemployment, CornerJob or indeed.

The State Public Employment Service (SEPE) offers information on vacancies, training courses and advice on finding employment. It also provides information on positions that are difficult to occupy in Spain.

If you need any kind of professional help with your job search, consider recruitment agencies such as Adecco.

For tips on how to prepare your CV, use an online template. To find out what to expect in a job interview there, there are several online resources if you are interested.

 

6) Set up a business

Do you want to avoid looking for a job in the disastrous labor market and start your own business in Spain? These are the three main options when starting on your own: as a freelancer, limited company or business partnership.

 

Creating a limited company is a somewhat complicated process - Check out how to open company in Spain. You can start by looking for a name and make sure that it is unique in the Mercantile Registry and requesting the CIF (Tax Identification Code) for your company. Then you can follow the legal procedures to make sure that everything is correct.

 

7) Find schools for your children

You have several options to choose schools if you bring your children to live with you in Spain. The options vary between public, private, international and semi-private schools (concerted schools). If you want to delve a little deeper into this topic, Telegraph has an article explaining the differences between the different schools in the Spanish education sector.

 

There are several factors to take into account before making a decision: the age of your children, the expected duration of your stay in Spain, your budget, the language of the curriculum and the curriculum that best suits your children.

If you are interested in schools that offer their international or foreign curriculum, you can visit the European Council for International Schools (ECIS) and the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).

 

To enroll your child in a Spanish school, you will need to register at the town hall of your town. After you have done so, make sure you have all the necessary documents and follow the online instructions to enroll your child in school.

 

And above all, make sure you enjoy the sun, the food and the different culture that awaits you in Spain. Enjoy!

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